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Are "The Simpsons" coming to Springfield?

A major motion picture might make its debut in Lane County this summer, as the producers of "The Simpsons Movie" consider rolling out the red carpet in Springfield.

"The Simpsons", of course, are the animated TV family -- you know, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie -- that make their home in the fictional town of Springfield, but their home state has never been revealed.

20th Century Fox is putting out a motion picture version of "The Simpsons" to debut this summer.

They've contacted local officials about the possibility of holding the world premiere of the film right here in Springfield, Oregon. Locals have until May to prepare a short video about their town to impress producers.

"Yeah, it's going to be very exciting," says Springfield (Oregon) Mayor Sid Leiken. "The way I look at it is, hey, Springfield's going to have a big party, so come and join us, and watch 'The Simpsons,' because that's kind of what this is going to be. And so we're really looking forward to it, and it's going to be just a lot of fun."

Mayor Leiken admits that he isn't very familiar with the correlation between his Springfield and the one on TV. But urban legend says that Mo's Tavern on the show is patterned after Max's Tavern in Eugene, and the statue of town founder Jebediah Springfield mirrors the pioneer statue on the U of O campus.

However, no one but the show's creator knows for sure.

In fact, there are 72 Springfields around the country in 35 states, including eight in Virginia alone. A half dozen Springfields have already signed on to compete to hold the premiere.

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was born in Springfield -- Oregon. His film is set to premiere at the end of July.
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